Butter sipping


I am sure the participants did not appreciate the etymological niceties of their situation as a butterfly sipped nutrients from a buttercup. The names of each species seem to have been of imitative origin, and resulted from their yellowish colour resembling that of butter. (In the case of the butterfly, perhaps only a few yellow species prompted the name.)

A clouded sulphur butterfly (Colias philodice) sips nectar from a buttercup.


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2 Responses to Butter sipping

  1. Gail Frampton says:

    So pretty that Butterfly! Lovely photo Alistair. Thanks for sharing with information.

  2. Lorna Surina says:

    What a beautiful photo Alistair! So much detail and one of my favorite subjects. 🙂

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